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[broot-l-ahyz] /ˈbrut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), brutalized, brutalizing.
to make brutal.
to treat (someone) with brutality.
Also, especially British, brutalise.
Origin of brutalize
1695-1705; brutal + -ize
Related forms
brutalization, noun
overbrutalization, noun
overbrutalize, verb (used with object), overbrutalized, overbrutalizing.
unbrutalize, verb (used with object), unbrutalized, unbrutalizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brutalize
  • But at the same time, sports often brutalize the player-they make him more aggressive, more violent.
  • These dictators brutalize their own people, endanger global security, and protect one another.
  • He has not led a transition, and he continues to brutalize his people.
  • Nevertheless, a rational sentencing scheme should punish more severely those who brutalize the victims of their crimes.
  • Parents who are brutalized will brutalize their children, in short, this was the understanding.
British Dictionary definitions for brutalize


to make or become brutal
(transitive) to treat brutally
Derived Forms
brutalization, brutalisation, noun
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